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totally love this place

Ganvie is a place to visit. it is a place like Venice but not as popular as them. The beautiful... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
shah22 .
Singapore, Singapore
Ganvie, the neat town on the water

This town on the water has a lot of history to share so do not just look for a boat, get a guide... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Anago James Ake... O
Lagos State, Nigeria
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The stilt village was not really what I expected. Interesting although its a bit run down. Felt a bit unwelcome as the people living there were not very friendly and it’s clear that people do not like to be photographed, although that’s understandable. Not as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Jo_Aberdeen_UK
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Ganvie is a place to visit. it is a place like Venice but not as popular as them. The beautiful sights of boats ,the village houses blew me away. u need to take a boat there but it was totally worth it when you reach...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This town on the water has a lot of history to share so do not just look for a boat, get a guide who will answer your questions correctly. As a tour guide and operator, when ever I bring tourists on this trip, I like...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Anago James Ake... O
Reviewed 8 May 2018

This stilt village is definitely worth a visit. It's fascinating to see how everything is navigated on the water and is far more authentic than other stilt villages that I've visited. The fishing areas were also interesting, as we learned that they are owned and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank tenthlisten
Reviewed 27 January 2018

I always feel a little guilty observing peoples normal everyday lives as a tourist attraction but if that helps the local economy then that must be good? The trouble here with the locals not really being smiley or welcoming is that perhaps they do not...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 19 January 2018

The great thing about travel is that you see such different ways of life. This is an interesting lifestyle and yes, in answer, to the Singaporan this is a giant sewer. It's how some people live and far more interesting than the over clean Singapore....More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Nastame
Reviewed 12 January 2018

11JAN18. I have travelled all over the world and this review is really for English speaking solo travellers. BTW i speak French and it was still a challenge. I found a co-traveller and we went from our hotel to Etoile by taxi-moto (pillion rider on...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank SaiRamNilgiri
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

If you're in Cotonou, you have got to go to Ganvie, I suppose. It IS interesting to see, although most of the residents don't seem particularly keen to see you.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank casuarina639
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Most likely the most touristy place in whole Benin, but definitly worth a visit. I went twice. Find a good local guide. 2 to 4 hour tour is enough. It's really nice to see how a whole community lives on water. Quiet unique. Be respectful...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank MarinaS4
Reviewed 29 June 2017

You take a boat a the embarcadiere de Abomey-Calavi, pay 5000 per person or less if you are with more, and off you go. You get a guide with you but information he tells is limited. In the village you make the required stops at...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank JohnLindhout
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